Trivandrum, India: “Why is it that we are not able to make complete use of technology despite administers willing to improve the system, industry interested in contributing towards it and citizens eager to get it. There is a need for a proper marriage between industry and government,” observed, Dr Nivedita P. Haran, Addl. Chief Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management, Kerala, India. She was addressing the Geospatial Technology Caravan in Trivandrum, India. Trivandrum was the final destination of thE 10 cities Caravan.
Dr Nivedita also elaborated reasons which act as a hindrance for the growth of industry in India. “Lack of ignorance about technology among government officials is one major cause. Then there are vested interests or lack of open-mindedness that inhibit the use of technology for improving governance,” she explained, advising industry to develop technology which can cater to the local requirements of a region/ department. “We are looking for technology which would ensure that our land records are tamper-proof and our forests cannot be encroached. We are looking at solutions that provide us scientific logic for planning,” she said.
Dr Haran was followed by Radhakrishnan, CTO, IIITMK, who spoke about his institute elaborating its various courses and activities. He talked in detail about the institute’s association with the state police and Department of Hydrography. He also suggested setting up of Association of geospatial community in the state. “This association should include geospatial experts from all sectors including government officials and it should meet every 2-3 months and discuss about the progress of this technology in the state,” he said.
Maj Gen Shamsher Jamwal, Chief Consultant, Department of Land Revenue, spoke about the need to devise a separate approach for each state for digitising its land records. He talked about his experience in digitisation of land records in Punjab.
There was also a presentation by Sabarish, Mission Coordinator, Kerala State IT Mission. Speaking about the need for setting up Kerala State Spatial Infrastructure (KSDI), he said, “There is a need for visualisation, analysis and integration into enterprise application. We must ensure that the huge amount of data that is available is accessible to users in real time,” adding, “G-governance is the next revolutionary step in achieving good governance.”
The event also had technology seminars by Intergraph, DigitalGlobe, Pitney Bowes and HP.
The session was attended by people from all walks of life – experts, administrators, industry and academia.
The 10-city seminar was organised by Geospatial Media & Communications in association with the Department of Information Technology. The aim of the event was to provide comprehensive update on various aspects of technology developments in the field of geospatial sector. The caravan, which began its journey in Guwahati on September 19, 2011 covered cities – Kolkata, Chandigarh, Patna, Jaipur, Chennai, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Mumbai.
Source: Our Correspondent